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Imagery rescripting and exposure group treatment of posttraumatic nightmares in Veterans with PTSD.
J Anxiety Disord. 2011 May; 25(4):531-5.JA

Abstract

This study details results of an open trial of a group psychological treatment for Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic posttraumatic nightmares called "Imagery Rescripting and Exposure Therapy" (IRET). IRET is a variant of a successful imagery rescripting treatment for civilian trauma-related nightmares that was modified to address the needs of the Veteran population. Thirty-seven male U.S. Veterans with PTSD and nightmares attended 6 multicomponent group sessions. Findings indicated that the intervention significantly reduced frequency of nightmares and PTSD severity, as well as increased hours of sleep. Unlike the few open trials examining treatment of nightmares in Veterans, effect sizes in this study were similar to those that have been found in the civilian randomized controlled trial. These preliminary findings suggest that a nightmares treatment can be adapted to successfully reduce distress associated with combat Veterans' chronic nightmares. Clinical and research implications are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, TX, USA. melong6@gmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21354767

Citation

Long, Mary E., et al. "Imagery Rescripting and Exposure Group Treatment of Posttraumatic Nightmares in Veterans With PTSD." Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 25, no. 4, 2011, pp. 531-5.
Long ME, Hammons ME, Davis JL, et al. Imagery rescripting and exposure group treatment of posttraumatic nightmares in Veterans with PTSD. J Anxiety Disord. 2011;25(4):531-5.
Long, M. E., Hammons, M. E., Davis, J. L., Frueh, B. C., Khan, M. M., Elhai, J. D., & Teng, E. J. (2011). Imagery rescripting and exposure group treatment of posttraumatic nightmares in Veterans with PTSD. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25(4), 531-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2010.12.007
Long ME, et al. Imagery Rescripting and Exposure Group Treatment of Posttraumatic Nightmares in Veterans With PTSD. J Anxiety Disord. 2011;25(4):531-5. PubMed PMID: 21354767.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Imagery rescripting and exposure group treatment of posttraumatic nightmares in Veterans with PTSD. AU - Long,Mary E, AU - Hammons,Mary E, AU - Davis,Joanne L, AU - Frueh,B Christopher, AU - Khan,Myrna M, AU - Elhai,Jon D, AU - Teng,Ellen J, Y1 - 2011/01/13/ PY - 2010/07/23/received PY - 2010/12/08/revised PY - 2010/12/24/accepted PY - 2011/3/1/entrez PY - 2011/3/1/pubmed PY - 2011/8/16/medline SP - 531 EP - 5 JF - Journal of anxiety disorders JO - J Anxiety Disord VL - 25 IS - 4 N2 - This study details results of an open trial of a group psychological treatment for Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic posttraumatic nightmares called "Imagery Rescripting and Exposure Therapy" (IRET). IRET is a variant of a successful imagery rescripting treatment for civilian trauma-related nightmares that was modified to address the needs of the Veteran population. Thirty-seven male U.S. Veterans with PTSD and nightmares attended 6 multicomponent group sessions. Findings indicated that the intervention significantly reduced frequency of nightmares and PTSD severity, as well as increased hours of sleep. Unlike the few open trials examining treatment of nightmares in Veterans, effect sizes in this study were similar to those that have been found in the civilian randomized controlled trial. These preliminary findings suggest that a nightmares treatment can be adapted to successfully reduce distress associated with combat Veterans' chronic nightmares. Clinical and research implications are discussed. SN - 1873-7897 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21354767/Imagery_rescripting_and_exposure_group_treatment_of_posttraumatic_nightmares_in_Veterans_with_PTSD_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0887-6185(11)00003-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -